Sustainable Fashion

Secondhand First: Winter Favs

As a sustainable shopper, I always buy secondhand first. What does that mean? I buy secondhand before I consider buying new. This winter, I wanted to update my wardrobe with some classic pieces. I am showcasing some of my favorites for this post. My personal style aesthetic is classic with a twist. I like to buy pieces that are mostly interchangeable and can be worn with multiple outfits and in multiple ways. Below are some of the winter secondhand favorites that I purchased.

I love a good winter white. The turtleneck is an all cotton cable sweater. The wants are wide leg, which balances out the volume of the turtleneck. Lastly, the coat is double breasted which adds a classic flare. The shoes I’ve owned for a long time. I think the animal print add a little interest. The clothing is all secondhand from ThredUp, while the shoes I’ve had in my closet for a long time.

I wore this recently to go to the grocery store. I think its a great way to be casual and still look very put together. The olive colored coat is a little different than the standard camel. It goes well with all types of neutrals, such as this roll neck sweater. The frayed hem makes the outfit more current. All the clothing is secondhand from ThredUp. The shoes are from a sustainable sneaker company called Veja. The clutch is from a sustainable bags and accessories company called Parker Clay.

Below are links to my bag and sneakers (my sneakers are in rose gold, which is out of stock, but other colors are available).

This is another outfit that I would typically wear for a casual day out running errands, or for working from home (minus the coat). The animal print sweater is something that I still consider a “neutral” and it gives the outfit a touch of sophistication. Sunglasses are always a great accessory to elevate an outfit as well. These are secondhand bought from ThredUp but originally Salvatore Ferragamo. Let’s not forget a touch of luxury with secondhand gucci loafers. It’s understated, but luxurious. I like infusing secondhand luxury accessories with very economical secondhand clothing. The coat was around $35 and the sweater was around $20. The jeans, however, were bought from a sustainable company called Everlane. The product is below.

In my opinion, buying secondhand ultimately brings awareness the the detrimental effects that fast fashion and endless clothing consumption has on the environment and fair working conditions. First, it prevents clothing from ending up in landfills. Secondly, it forces consumers such as myself to consider the effects that my consumption has to the means in which clothing is produced. It has only been several months since I committed to buying secondhand majority of time. If I don’t, I buy from sustainable companies.

I am Joy Josephs. I started Joyfully Ethical because I really wanted to challenge myself to make more sustainable choices when it came to fashion consumption. I love fashion, but I also want to be kind to the environment as much as possible. I also believe that the beauty industry goes hand in hand with fashion. I am also very passionate about only using cruelty free and vegan beauty products. My hope is that this blog provide my readers with some information about how to be more ethical in both beauty and fashion choices.

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